Bombardier Challenger 601-3A Specifications

Aircraft Description


The Challenger 601 has evolved considerably from its predecessor, the original Challenger 600. When the first Challenger 601 was certificated in March 1983, the most notable improvement was the replacement of the 600’s troublesome Lycoming ALF 502 engines with the far more reliable GE CF34 engines. This made up for most of the 600’s shortcomings, but aerodynamic refinements and other improvements have also contributed to the advancement of the aircraft to a higher level of performance and reliability. Range has also increased significantly: the original Challenger 600’s disappointingly short legs have been vindicated by the CL-601-3A’s 3,290 nm capability. The CL-601-3A, with the newer -3A variant of the GE CF34 turbofan engine, made its first flight in September 1986 and was certificated in April 1987 with 134 aircraft delivered through 1993.


The Challenger 601-3A is powered by two GE CF34-3A two-spool, high-bypass ratio turbofans rated at 8,650 lbs. of thrust each at takeoff. Automatic power reserve rating is 9,140 lbs. thrust each. Inspection interval on the engines is 6,000 hours.


The Challenger 601-3A is equipped with dual digital Honeywell DFZ-800 flight guidance systems, dual Honeywell EDZ-800 EFIS, dual Honeywell laser inertial reference system, dual digital Collins HF 9000 communications systems, and a Honeywell Primus 650 digital weather radar.

Design Features

The Challenger 601-3A is a twin turbofan, long range, wide-body business aircraft configured as a cantilever low swept-wing monoplane. It has retractable tricycle landing gear with two wheels on each unit and a trailing link main gear design. Aerodynamic refinements, such as the addition of drag-reducing winglets, have been combined with increased fuel capacity to give the -3A the transoceanic range originally envisioned for the Challenger series: the 601-3A is able to carry five passengers 3,430 nm with IFR reserves. The Challenger 601-3A incorporates the newer -3A variant of the GE CF34 turbofan engines and adds an all-glass cockpit. The -3A/ER (extended range) variant includes a tailcone fuel tank as standard equipment.


The Challenger 601-3A has a maximum occupancy of 19, but typical configurations accommodate 10-12 passengers with a deluxe galley and lavatory, and amenities appropriate for the relatively long leg times expected for an aircraft of this class. The large fuselage cross section of the Challenger yields a cabin width of over 8 feet, a length of over 28 feet and standup height of slightly over 6 feet in a cabin that is noted for its low noise levels.

General Challenger 601-3A, CL-600-2B16
Category Jet < 20,000 lbs.
Years Aircraft Manufactured 1987 – 1993
Serial Number Range 5001 – 5134
Retail High Price $5,850,000.00 / 4,590,495.00€
Retail Low Price $2,650,000.00 / 2,079,455.00€
Characteristics Challenger 601-3A, CL-600-2B16
Seating 2+11/19
Wing Loading 95.8
Power Loading 2.5
Noise(EPNdB): Takeoff/Sideline/Approach 79.5/89.4
External Dimensions (ft) Challenger 601-3A, CL-600-2B16
External Length 68.4
External Height 20.7
External Span 64.3
Internal Dimensions (ft) Challenger 601-3A, CL-600-2B16
Internal Length (Overall/Net Height) 28.3
Internal Height 6.1
Internal Width (Max/Floor) 8.2/7.2
Baggage Challenger 601-3A, CL-600-2B16
External: Cu.Ft./Lb. N/A
External: Cu.Ft./Lb. N/A
Power Challenger 601-3A, CL-600-2B16
Engines 2 GE CF34-1A
Output (lbs ea.)/Flat Rating 8,650 ISA+21
Inspection Interval 6,000t
Data based on latest manufactured year